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Man killed in Birmingham shooting named as Murtaza Nazir

A man killed in a shooting in the West Midlands has been named as 26-year-old Murtaza Nazir.

Murtaza Nazir

Mr Nazir was fatally shot in Bagshaw Road, in the Stetchford area of Birmingham, just before 8pm on Friday.

The scene in Birmingham. Picture by Snapper SK

His family have paid tribute to him – also thanking the police and ambulance for their assistance.

The family have also asked for any videos circulating on social media to be removed.

In a statement, the family said: "Life as we knew it will never be the same. Our lives shattered and hearts broken.

“As a family we are united and trying to heal, but the process won’t be an easy one. As a family not only have we lost a father, husband, son, brother, we have lost our friend and protector.

“Everyone who knew him will have their own unique memory with him, and that, in these hard times will get them through it.

“All we request is for prayers for our loved one and for any videos circulating on social media to be taken down. We do not wish to see this distressing footage.

"These are difficult times for us and we hope people can show compassion towards our feelings.

“We thank the police and ambulance service for their assistance and are forever grateful. To god we belong and to god we shall return. Justice will be served. If not in this life then the hereafter.”

West Midlands Police has launched a murder enquiry and is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The scene in Birmingham. Picture by Snapper SK

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “This is a shocking crime that has resulted in a young father losing his life.

“I want to say thank you to the community who have really pulled together during this time and would urge anyone who has any information who have not yet spoken to us to get in touch.

“We are working around the clock to understand exactly what happened and find those responsible.”

Anyone with information can call West Midlands Police on 101.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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